Date of Award

Summer 2008

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Schmitt, John J.

Second Advisor

Dempsey, Deirdre A.

Third Advisor

Pace, Sharon


This dissertation deals with the figure of Moses, the breaking of the tablets in Exod 32, and the cultural background that is likely for this biblical scene. While most commentaries focus the majority of their analysis on the golden calf created in Exod 32, this dissertation will concentrate on the first tablets of the Ten Commandments. Although the Bible is filled with stories of people practicing idolatry, the tablets are described as being unique and special, and therefore worthy of discussion.



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